Tyson Creates Snack Crisps from Food Waste

One man’s trash is another man’s snack treasure.
June 19, 2018

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – What would have ended up in a trash bin has been converted into a protein snack crisp by Tyson Foods, according to Food Business News.

The company’s new snack crisps are created from chicken breast trim, vegetable puree left behind after juicing and grain that was used for beer brewing. Those items would have found a final resting place in a landfill before Tyson launched Yappah, the company’s brand name for all future products that address social and sustainability challenges related to food.

Newly developed Yappah protein crisps come in four varieties. Two are made from vegetable puree and come in chicken carrot curry or chicken celery mojo flavor. The remaining two are created from spent grain with flavors such as chicken I.P.A. white cheddar and chicken shandy beer.

“We are taking ‘forgotten’ ingredients and crafting them into a delicious protein snack,” said Rizal Hamdallah, head of Tyson Foods’ Innovation Lab. “For the Yappah brand, sustainability is not an add-on, it’s our DNA. Fighting food waste is just the beginning.”

The recycled snacks are still being tested and not currently available to retail outlets. When 1.25-ounce cans of Yappah roll out, they will carry a suggested retail price of $2.99. Tyson Foods expects Yappah to be marketed in the “premium section” and possibly near registers but not with packages of traditional potato chips.